Say in Portuguese

What’s up, people! Are you ok? Do you know how to say any slang words in Portuguese? Do you know how to say beautiful things to your lover? Today’s Dica will teach us about the verb say in Portuguese, but first let’s learn the meaning of this verb. Do you know there is a difference between speak, talk and say in Portuguese? After you’ve learnt all these meanings, you will be able to say things to whomever you want!

What Does Say in Portuguese Mean?

The verb dizer in Portuguese can be used when you want to declare or say something and it is similar to the usage of the verb falar, if you don’t remember, just click here. But, is there any difference between the verbs falar and dizer?

Well, verb falar is always next to a preposition, like falar com, falar de, falar em, falar a, falar sobre, etc. Falar is a generic verb to express the act of talking itself. This is the equivalent to verb to talk or to speak but in Portuguese. Let’s check out some examples:

Eu falei sobre a reunião com você.
I talked about the reunion with you.

Eu falo pelos cotovelos!
I talk so much!

Verb dizer, on the other hand, associates the capability to talk with delivering some information. This is the equivalent to verb to say in Portuguese. Check out some examples with this verb:

Eu disse a verdade.
I said the truth.

Eles disseram que iam voltar logo.
They said they would come back soon.

There is even a famous joke in Portuguese just about it! It is about people who talk a lot, but don’t actually say anything meaningful with their discourses:

Ele está falando, mas não está dizendo nada.
He is talking, but isn’t saying anything.

Conjugation of the Verb Dizer in Portuguese

Four women learning samba and portuguese with a native teacher. Headline: "Elas disseram que amaram a aula de samba."

Let’s learn a few more! Here is the dizer conjugation for you to practice. Try saying it out loud :P!

This verb is mostly found in its irregular form, so pay extra attention! The irregular ones will have an asterisk, while the regular ones will be in bold. Remember that these can vary according to whether the verb ends in -AR, -ER, or -IR. Let’s take a look:


PresentPast SimpleImperfect Past
Eu digo*Eu disse*Eu dizia
Você dizVocê disse*Você dizia
Ele/ ela diz*Ele/ ela disse*Ele/ ela dizia
Nós dizemosNós dissemos*Nós dizíamos
Vocês dizemVocês disseram*Vocês diziam
Eles/ elas dizemEles/ elas disseram*Eles/ elas diziam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu dissera*Eu tinha dito
Você dissera*Você tinha dito
Ele/ ela dissera*Ele/ ela tinha dito
Nós disséramos*Nós tínhamos dito
Vocês disseram*Vocês tinham dito
Eles/ elas disseram*Eles/ elas tinham dito
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu direi*Eu vou dizerEu diria*
Você dirá*Você vai dizerVocê diria*
Ele/ ela dirá*Ele/ ela vai dizerEle/ ela diria*
Nós diremos*Nós vamos dizerNós diríamos*
Vocês dirão*Vocês vão dizerVocês diriam*
Eles/ elas dirão*Eles/ elas vão dizerEles/ elas diriam*


Diga você*Não diga você*
Diga ele/ ela*Não diga ele/ ela*
Digamos nós*Não digamos nós*
Digam vocês*Não digam vocês*
Digam eles/ elas*Não digam eles/ elas*


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu diga*Se eu dissesse*Quando eu disser*
Que você diga*Se você dissesse*Quando você disser*
Que ele/ela diga*Se ele/ela dissesse*Quando ele/ela disser*
Que nós digamos*Se nós disséssemos*Quando nós dissermos*
Que vocês digam*Se vocês dissessem*Quando vocês disserem*
Que eles/elas digam*Se eles/elas dissessem*Quando eles disserem*

Other Tenses

Personal infinitiveGerundParticiple
Para dizer eu*DizendoDito
Para dizer você*
Para dizer ele/ela*
Para dizermos nós*
Para dizerem vocês*
Para dizerem eles/elas*

Dizer Portuguese Conjugation Exercise

To practice the conjugation of dizer in Portuguese, we prepared a new exercise for you! We will give you the sentence with the infinitive of the verb dizer in Portuguese and YOU have to conjugate it correctly, ok? Try to remember the difference between talk, speak and say in Portuguese! Let’s do it!

  1. Ontem, eu – dizer – uma mensagem de amor.
  2. Ele queria que você – dizer – para ele ficar.
  3. Nós – dizer – que chegaremos tarde.
  4. O que eles querem que você – dizer?
  5. Enquanto Martin lavava a roupa, Jamile – dizer – bobeiras.
  6. Eu – dizer – não, você – dizer – sim.
  7. Semana passada, Jonas me – dizer – não.
  8. O que ele está – dizer?
  9. Não entende o que eu – dizer? Venha estudar português no Brasil!
  10. Não vou – dizer – mais nada, basta.

That’s all for today! Now that we know how to conjugate the verb dizer in Portuguese and we can practice it in our Portuguese classes! If you have any doubts about verbs to talk, to say or to speak in Portuguese, you can always leave us a comment below! Want to see our students dizendo things about us and our activities? Come to our Facebook page and see for yourself.

See you soon!
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Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Verb Dizer in the Simple Present
Past Form of the Verb Dizer
Falar Portuguese Conjugation

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  1. Ontem, eu – disse – uma mensagem de amor.
  2. Ele queria que você – dissesse – para ele ficar.
  3. Nós – diremos – que chegaremos tarde.
  4. O que eles querem que você – diga?
  5. Enquanto Martin lavava a roupa, Jamile – dizia– bobeiras.
  6. Eu – digo– não, você – diz– sim.
  7. Semana passada, Jonas me – disse – não.
  8. O que ele está – dizendo?
  9. Não entende o que eu – digo? Venha estudar português no Brasil!
  10. Não vou – dizer – mais nada, basta.

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